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Pride

Throwback Thursday from June 22, 2015.

I’m so glad we have this time together. Help me to hear clearly and to act with conviction. Please continue to work with me throughout the day, teaching directing, correcting, so I will become more and more like you.

Ephesians 2:11-18 (<<click on the green)

Pride…a struggle for many…and I am no exception. But it sure takes many forms. Feeling like someone reprimands me for something others do all the time and my defenses go up.  My wife says something that I take as criticism even though she may not have meant it that way and I get angry. Behind the wheel I suffer from it regularly, others driving slowly (or more slowly than I’d prefer), bad parking and pulling in front of me…all get a reaction and not a pleasant one.

And the list could go on… Lord, I am sunk on this one. Help me to think of You and when I do fail, to reflect on my problem and to begin responding in ways that would be more pleasing to you. I will trust in You to be able to be an overcomer of pride.

April 23rd, Thurs, 6:46 am

Theological Punch

Thank You for a restful sleep, Father. Knowing that I am secure in You brings a sweet peace. A portion of that security is found in the realization that You want me to succeed. You want me to be an overcomer in this life. You, in Your sacrifice, have done everything possible for me to be victorious. May I cling to You, may I achieve security, peace and victory. All the glory goes to You!

1 Timothy 3:16 (<<click here)

Lord, this hymn may not be lengthy but it packs a theological punch! You left the wonders of Your heavenly home to be “revealed in a human body”. You became one of us. Through the Holy Spirits power You lived and You were resurrected in that same power. Shortly after Your resurrection, You returned to Your heavenly home being seen “by angels,” so Your Spirit could come and work in and through us all.
Jesus, I am so grateful for everything You have done and continue to do for me! Being fully human You lived a perfect life, so I have an example to follow. Being fully God, You give me the power I need to do what is right in Your eyes. It is doable! I can live my life and overcome this world and all its vices. You lived it out and empower me to do the same! Lord, help me to keep my focus on You – not on things or people or the millions of distractions that cross my path throughout the day. You are my inspiration! You are my power source – help me to plug in to You always. Thank You, Lord, for enabling me to be victorious!

Sept 9th, Wed, 7:20 am

Overcomer

Thank You, Father, for Your presence. I cherish these times of special interaction but I am also grateful that You are with me 24/7. I would ask that I would have an ongoing realization of that fact throughout each and every day. Please be a guiding force in every moment of my life.

Philippians 4:10-23 (<< click here)

“…be content with whatever I have” v11b

“…I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” v13

“…God…will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” v19

Contentment…no limits to what we can do through Christ with the limitless resources found only in Him!

Ok, Lord, first things first…I’m sorry about my attitudes reactions in certain situations when in the van with my family…please forgive me. I sure need to tap in to this “contentment” thing! I realize that I’m a work in progress but this area of my life needs to be addressed.

Why does this part of my life result in anger so often? I know part of it is being called out for my anger is like throwing fuel on the fire – not just a chunk of wood but gasoline! It probably has to do with control and insecurity but whatever it’s rooted in – it needs to stop!

I am richly blessed in so many areas of my life – abundantly so! Why should one really insignificant area of my life (interacting with other vehicles on the road) rob me of the contentment I should feel? Just because others don’t measure up to my standards on the highway should not cause me to lose it! And when my sin is pointed out I shouldn’t blow up!

OK, Lord, this is yet another problem pointing in my life that, obviously, I cannot deal with on my own. I need You to give me the strength to overcome it and conquer it! There is no limit to what I can accomplish through You. I would humbly ask that out of Your “glorious riches” You would grant me extra doses of patience and peace…the “passes understanding” kind! Help me to see it, my struggle – my sin, for what it is and to shut it down by giving it over to You.

Christ in my life, You “must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30 NASB That’s the only solution!

June 4th, Thurs, 7:30 am

Pierce Through the Clouds

pierce through the clouds

Father, what a beautiful day is at hand…and not just because the sun is shining and the grass is green. It’s a clean slate, as the beginning of each new day is. A day fresh with possibilities and opportunities to do what You have called us to do. A glorious day to share Your love with all those around us. Thank You, Father, for this wonderful gift!

Ephesians 6:5-9 (<<click this)

“Serve them (your employers) sincerely as you would serve Christ.” vs. 5b

 Sincerely: genuinely, honestly, truly wholeheartedly,                        earnestly,fervently

Lord, You had me focus on the one particular family in my life this morning. I know that You sincerely love them and want what is best for them. Please be with their granddaughter this beautiful day. Pierce thru the clouds and disillusionment and give her Your wisdom and clarity!  By whatever means help her to lay ahold of the truth found only in You. Whatever direction she takes may You, Lord, be at its core. Lord, I claim her for You and You alone. Satan – hands off!! You are defeated, any victories you’ve had are short lived!!  Jesus I claim victory over this whole situation in the power and might of Your name – Your resurrection power will overcome. Help her Lord, she needs You!  You are the answer she needs!  Jesus please make yourself known to her in a clear and mighty way!  AMEN!!!*

May 8th, Fri, 6:45 am

*The Lord answered this prayer that very day! A wise decision was made. There is still work to be done but God is working!

I Am Weak, You Are Strong

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Father, I am grateful for a new day and a fresh start. Oh, where would I be if not for Your great love and long-suffering. I fall into Your arms of grace this morning not because I deserve it but only because You love me.

Ephesians 4:17-32

Lord, how do you put up with us? We cast aside the sin in our lives and even though we know better, even though we can hear Your warnings – we still can be guilty of picking it up once again, only to realize that it’s just as empty as it ever was. As Paul says in Romans 7:15-20, we know what we should do and we want to do it but end up doing what we shouldn’t do – it’s crazy! Again, my opening thoughts. Thanking You for Your love doesn’t seem sufficient! But I don’t know how to say it any stronger! The best way to thank You is to live my life for You! Help me to overcome my weaknesses – and this passage (Ephesians 4:17-32) points out several! I know You are helping me. I hear Your voice. Help me, please, to heed it! To embrace it! I am weak – you are strong! I can find VICTORY in You alone!

May 3rd, Sun, 5:58am